As the New York Giants gathered for media hour on Wednesday, running back David Wilson was the first to take the podium for his very final goodbye. And in typical Wilson fashion, he was very positive, upbeat and even-keeled. And then he wasn't. As his press conference wound down and Wilson began to thank his coaches and teammates, for the very first time, he broke down into tears.
Although Wilson classified them as "tears of joy," it was clearly a moment of realization for the young man. His NFL career was over.
Still, as Wilson gathered and composed himself, he made sure the message was a positive one. And at only 23-years-old, the former All-Pro kick returner offered some words of wisdom that we can all live by.
"Even if one dream seems to fade away, set another goal; set another dream and try to reach that," Wilson said. "Life will knock you down sometimes. And when life knocks you down, plan to land on your back because if you can look up you can get up. If you fall flat on your face, that can kill your spirit.
"So far I can look up and I plan on getting up. And living my dream and setting another one."
In his post-career, Wilson plans to remain a Giants fan — plans to continue watching all of his teammates and friends from across the league. And that, he says, is where he'll continue to find some of his greatest joy.
"I'll be watching my teammates this year and forever, wishing them the best," Wilson added. "And every time I watch a Giants game or football game, and I see people playing I actually had a chance to meet, I want to see them go onto the field and see them try to be great because it can be taken away. So every Sunday or Thursday or Monday, I want to them do great, be great and push themselves. That's where my joy will come from."
And with that, it was over. A tremendously promising career for a positive, bright young man comes to an end entirely too early.
God speed, Mr. Wilson. And thank you for being a Giant.
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